We had the good fortune of connecting with Alfonso Aguirre and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alfonso, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
Process. Most people focus on the results, what they can see. But they are unaware of everything that goes behind the scenes to make anything happen, whether it’s reaching a fitness goal, acting in a commercial or making a film. It takes investing hours of dedication and discipline that don’t normally produce quick results, and developing the mental strength and courage to keep learning and knocking on doors that in many instances won’t open. This makes some people give up in a short period of time. Successful actors learn to deal with disappointments because they understand that they don’t fit every role perfectly. There are several variables that determine who gets cast for a role, so the actor can only control the way he or she performs. One must keep learning and move on to the next opportunity. Spending too much time dwelling in past disappointments only helps growing self-doubt that will not help at all anyway.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think the common denominator behind everything that I do is the will to learn and to share what I’ve learned. Life is a collection of moments and circumstances that always teach us a lesson – we just have to open to getting the message. As an actor, I am grateful for the opportunities I have been given to be featured in several TV commercials, print ads and some short films. It definitely hasn’t been easy – auditioning is such a wild experience. It teaches you to develop character and tests your faith in yourself in more ways than one. There are so many variables to consider before you are offered a role, but actors tend to take it personal. I did at some point too, and that is an absolutely horrible feeling. But if any aspiring actors are reading this, please understand that you are not being rejected, even if you feel like you are. It’s out of your control. You’re just not right for the roles that you’re not booking. And a way to get better at booking is to keep training and trying, but you need to know that what is for you, will come, and what is not for you, will pass you by – because what’s yours is yours. Once you understand this truth, you will be able to snap out of any feelings of self doubt you may have. I am excited to find out where my career takes me in the next couple of years, and as an acting coach, I am looking forward to seeing my students’ careers take off. I started my acting career when I was almost 40 years old. So I want you to know that it’s never too late to start. Life is too short to not try to go for what makes us happy.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would definitely take them to hang out at the restaurants by Hughes Landing in The Woodlands like Escalante’s or Grimaldi’s Pizzeria by The Waterway. That’s a nice area to ride bikes or just take a stroll on a cool day, or rent a kayak on a warm day. Another place to go eat would be Cyclone Anaya’s Mexican Kitchen in City Centre, or Bellagreen, or go for some coffee and desserts at Sweet Paris Creperie. I used to live nearby, so I spent a lot of time there hanging out on weekends for live music and good food. Onion Creek on The Heights, and several others in the area. Pearland Town Center also has great restaurants and shops to visit. And of course, the Kemah Boardwalk and Galveston require a visit as well.
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